All of us at Crescent Hill Gallery would like to wish our friends in the USA a happy and warm Thanksgiving weekend. Enjoy your time with loved ones sharing some seasonal cheer and giving thanks for all of the good things that have happened this year and more to come.
After the little rain showers earlier today, it looks like we're in for a bit of sunshine! Autumn skies truly are the most dramatic, and our artists love them as much as we do!
After all the clouds, fog, and rain over the weekend, we've had a lovely break in the clouds giving us a fabulously sunny Monday! What a great way to start the week!
What a lovely start to the week! We're thrilled to be having such wonderful weather so far, and are looking forward to autumn walks amid brightly-colour leaves and all of the colouful artwork our artists will bring!
What a perfect Autumn day we're having today! The crisp cool air has us thinking of hot apple ciders and pumpkin pie! If you have a chance, take a stroll outside to enjoy this lovely official start to the Fall season.
While we're looking forward to some of the newest work by our artists for the fall season, we're enjoying all of this lovely weather. The clouds add such a wonderful sense of drama to the skies!
What an amazing day! The temperature is perfect, the sun is shining - it's time to get out there an enjoy it! If you're already out and about, come visit us to add some extra colour to your day: we have lots of amazing new work by our artists, so you're sure to discover something special and new to add a touch of colour to your home!
What an amazing day we have today - such a perfect start to the school year. If you have a chance, make sure you take the time to step outside and enjoy it. Whether you're out there for a few minutes or a few hours, it'll be worth it!
It's a lovely day out there today, and it looks like it's going to heat up a bit! What a great day to be by the lake, to take a nice long stroll or go for a swim. We hope you're enjoying this lovely summer weekend! To celebrate the day, here is a lovely painting by Bob Arrigo!
We thought we'd celebrate today with a stunning painting by Bob Arrigo! Take a little time on this lovely sunny day to pause and celebrate this amazing planet we live on.
Welcome to the second edition of our Meet The Artist series: a monthly feature on our website giving you a little more information and perspective into the lives of our many talented artists! We hope you enjoy this third edition in our series, and that you will look forward to future editions on the first Saturday of every month. Today we would like to introduce you to Jacky MacDonald. Her delightful style is a wonderful part to the collections available here at the gallery, so we hope that you enjoy her work as much as we do, and that you enjoy learning a little more about this very talented painter.
Give us a little history of you: where you came from and how you got where you are today: I was born in Hull, Quebec in 1955. As a little girl, I was never very good at school and often got caught drawing instead of doing my school work. My parents must have thought I had talent to decide to enroll me in art classes at a very young age. Every Sunday, my family and I would go visit the National Art gallery. My Dad had a passion for art as well. AS I grew up, I took fashion designing then went to University in languages because it was told that you could not get a career in arts. Taught french at Algonquin College. All through those years, I continued to paint on my spare time. After a few years, it was time to go back to art in a more serious way, so I went to the Ottawa school of art then had the opportunity to learn from renowned artist Philip Craig. In 1999, The city of Hull gave me the opportunity to have a solo show to commemorate the Hull bicentennial. All my paintings were of old Hull in the year 1900 or so. One of my paintings was chosen from the city as a gift to Princess Astride of Belgium. I started selling my art at Art Shows when one day I was approached by an art gallery asking if I would be interested in selling at their gallery which I accepted. It seems the more I paint, the more passionate I get. I love the smell of paint and love shopping for art supplies. I go to bed thinking of what I will paint next. I fall asleep dreaming of colours. I get my best ideas at night. What inspires your work? A lot of the paintings I do are from Europe. My paintings bring me back to the places I visited in France and Italy. I do like to paint local too. Describe your technique: I used to paint with paint brush but in the last couple of years, I have discovered the palette knife. It’s wonderful what you can produce with a knife. It’s a totally different feeling and the result is more alive. Describe your process from how you get your idea until it appears as a finished piece: When I travel, My husband and I take thousands of photos. When we come back home, I often will use 5 photos to create one painting and some of it is from my head. Often, I will just start straight on the canvas without drawing first. You could say I sketch with my palette knife. What other types of art and materials have you explored and what is your favourite medium? I do pastel drawings of dogs and horses. It’s nice to switch it over sometime but I love oils. I have recently started working with acrylics but it doesn’t give me the same feeling as does oils. Is there something or someone who inspired you to start or did you just pick up and away you went? My Dad was my biggest fan. He is the one that bought me my first set of charcoal at the age of seven. Tell us about people you’ve met along the way and decisions you made that shaped your journey: I have to say that Philip Craig has been a great inspiration to me. He taught me more then any other art courses I took. He encouraged me to start selling. Without him, I don’t think I would be where I am now. Do you have any interesting stories from creating your art or in your day to day life? It so happens that the Royal Canadian Mint has asked me to present a painting for there 2013 $20.00 silver coin. It is a competition so I may not win but just the thought of them calling me to ask me to participate is an honor. Keep your fingers crossed the deadline in Saturday the 24th of November. How do your studio and surroundings influence your work? My studio is above the garage and next to my bedroom. I wake up in the morning and the first thing I do is go stare at my work and figure out where to go from there. If I can’t sleep I night, I tip toe to the studio and start painting. I am so lucky. What kinds of things do you keep in your studio for inspiration? My dog is always with me. Charlie has his own bench that overlooks the front of the house. Charlie seems to know when it’s time to play and when it’s time to paint. He actually seems sad if I don’t go up to the studio when I usually do. What impresses you about other artists’ work and who impresses you today? What impresses me the most about artists is the way some of them can create such flow and harmony with so few brush strokes. Leonard Wren is one artist that I think has an interesting technique. When you are not working and creating, what do you do? Do you have another job? In the morning I have a dog walking job. I will pick up one to six dogs and take them to trails that I have been walking for 30 years. We will spend up to two hours exploring, then I take them all back, go home, have a bite to eat and get ready to paint. Do you have a favorite tool to work with or that inspires your work? The palette knife. I can start a painting with a few strokes of the knife and it will guide me to where the painting should go. Sometimes those and up being my best pieces of work. What is the hardest thing about creating your art? Knowing when it’s finished. Do you prefer to do commissions or mostly what inspires you in life? It’s always easier to create your own because it comes from your vision. Commissions can be tricky because I have to put on canvas someone else’ thoughts and ideas. What is your favorite thing to do on a Friday night, on the weekend, etc.? I always look forward to Friday night and having a romantic dinner with my husband. My husband and I spend a lot of time outside on weekends. Whether it’s working on our backyard of playing tennis and swimming in the summer, cross country skiing in the winter, or going on hikes with our dog. What is your favorite food? I love all types of food. Dim sum is one of my favorites. What is your favourite wine, or other drink? Louis Latour Pinot noir by far is my favorite. Anything else you want to add? I love painting so much and I would love to inspire others too. Painting is my life. I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t paint?
Today we have a lovely new collection of works by Steve Tracy! Perfect for the holiday season, with a touch of snow and wonderfully vibrant colours. Steve Tracy was born in Santa Clara, California, in 1953, and grew up in Colorado and California. At the age of 10, he began painting with a set of hand-me-down oil paints. His education began at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He went on to graduate from the Colorado Institute of Art and furthered his studies in sculpting, design, drawing, illustration and commercial art. Steve also studied printmaking at California’s Kala Art Institute. Currently, Steve lives in London Ontario where he has donated his time to a recent public art endeavor in the downtown core. “I have great interest in London and want to see it thrive” he says, “I want to help the London core to be brilliant and revived – with glorious retail, thriving businesses and healthy lifestyles.” Steve was also commissioned to paint one of the 12 violins for Orchestra London’s “Painted Violins: Strung out on the Arts” soirée at the Museum of London.